Two Zipcars sit in Parking Lot 120 just outside the bottom floor of Baker University Center. The partnership with Ohio University launches today and representatives are available to answer questions about the new service and distribute free promotional gear from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. just outside Baker.

Two Zipcars sit in Parking Lot 120 just outside the bottom floor of Baker University Center. Representatives are available to answer questions about the new service and distribute free promotional gear from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. just outside Baker.

Photographer: Gretchen Gregory/Ohio University

A Ford Escape, pictured here, and Ford Focus are the two Zipcars offered at Ohio University.

A Ford Escape, pictured here, and Ford Focus are the two Zipcars offered at Ohio University.

Photographer: Gretchen Gregory/Ohio University

Signs at Parking Lot 120 indicate how to sign up for the Zipcar program.

Signs at Parking Lot 120 indicate how to sign up for the Zipcar program.

Photographer: Gretchen Gregory/Ohio University

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OHIO partners with Zipcar to offer car sharing

New program provides sustainable, cost effective alternative to car ownership on campus


Today Ohio University is launching a new partnership with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car sharing program on campus. The convenient transportation option is now available at an affordable rate 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over.

Ohio University will initially offer two vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Ford Escape, which will be located in campus Parking Lot 120, just outside the bottom floor of Baker University Center. Zipcars are available on-demand and can be easily reserved and accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Zipcar representatives will be available near the cars to answer questions and distribute free promotional gear from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

This year, Ohio University members can join for $25, with rates for Zipcar vehicles on campus starting as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. After the first year, members will pay an annual membership fee of $35. Gas, insurance, and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates, and cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days. Ohio University students, faculty and staff can join Zipcar at www.zipcar.com/ohio.

“Zipcar’s car sharing program aligns with the University’s climate action plan of reducing the number of vehicles on campus,” said Marty Paulins, director of OHIO Transportation and Parking Services.

Participating members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile application to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle. Reservations also can be made over the phone or on Zipcar’s website.  

“The Zipcar program on campus will give students, as well as faculty and staff, the freedom of having a car without having to experience the hassles,” said Katelyn Lopresti, general manager for Zipcar University. “We’re happy to partner with Ohio University to help give their community a transportation option to fit their needs and their wallet.”

Zipcar has established relationships with more than 350 universities across North America. For more information about how to become a member of Zipcar at Ohio University, please visit www.zipcar.com/ohio. Additional information and promotions also can be found by following @ZipcarU on Twitter.

About Zipcar

With more than 10,000 vehicles in hundreds of cities, towns, airports and college and corporate campuses around the world, Zipcar makes car sharing more available to more people in more places than any other provider. With its one-way and round-trip options, its wide variety of vehicles from premium brands to Zipvans, and its industry-leading business, government and FastFleet programs, Zipcar offers comprehensive, convenient and flexible car sharing options available anywhere. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a leading global provider of vehicle rental services.

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